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 By Rep. David Byrd    News    April 15, 2021 

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Republicans make Covid relief tax deductible for business Tennessee businesses will be eligible to receive more pandemic assistance through a bill that will exempt relief funds from state...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 25, 2021

District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Republicans propose to protect consumer privacy Republican leaders this week announced a proposal that protects Tennesseans’ right to privacy and returns control of personal information back t...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    March 11, 2021

Truth in sentencing reform advances

In house committees this past week, the Truth and sentencing reform advances. House Bill 1047 requires any person convicted of violent or sexual offenses that historically target women and children...

 

Gov. Bill Lee's State of the Union

Gov. Bill Lee delivered his third State of the State address this week in a joint convention of the House and Senate at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. The governor’s speech focused on recent...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

New law allows local governments to prohibit smoking on playgrounds -- The General Assembly passed Public Chapter 529 this year allowing local governments to prohibit smoking on any playground in...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

New law allows local governments to prohibit smoking on playgrounds – The General Assembly passed Public Chapter 529 this year allowing local governments to prohibit smoking on any playground in...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

111th General Assembly passes major pro-life legislation banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected -- Major pro-life legislation, which includes a prohibition on abortions where a fetal...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

New law gives more flexibility to directors of schools regarding student discipline – The General Assembly passed a bill this year giving directors of schools in Tennessee more flexibility...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation encourages school districts to provide students with a wide variety of career-based experiences - State lawmakers approved a new law this year encouraging Tennessee school districts to...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Commission created to study impact of COVID-19, natural disasters on students - On the morning of March 3, 2020 devastating tornadoes wreaked havoc on Middle Tennessee. Schools were destroyed, homes l...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation to extend CoverKids Program passes General Assembly - An extension of CoverKids (Public Chapter 582), Tennessee’s children’s health insurance program (CHIP) was approved this year,...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation expands access to dental care – A bill to help nonprofit dental clinics provide free care to more Tennesseans in need passed during the 2020 legislative session. Public Chapter 724...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

New law encourages alternative pain treatments to opioids – Legislation encouraging the use of more alternative pain treatments rather than opioids was approved during the 2020 session. Public...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Legislation encourages lower health care costs through Association Health Plans – Legislation which aims to lower premiums and overall health care costs for small businesses through Association...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

HEALTH Budget – The 2020-2021 budget increased funding for health care, with highlights including: • An additional $9.2 million in non-recurring funds for the adult health care safety net and $3...

 

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

General Assembly Reconvenes for 61st Extraordinary Session This week, the General Assembly reconvened in Nashville for the 61st Extraordinary Session in Tennessee history. As part of this historic...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 30, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee General Assembly passes legislation to mitigate effects of COVID-19 in one of the toughest budget years in state history The second session of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 16, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

“Separation of Church and State” The phrase “Separation of Church and State” is a popular phrase that is often quoted when discussing religion and government or debating whether to allow...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 9, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Nathan Bedford Forrest…. “The Rest of the Story.” The last few years, there have been a lot of controversies over General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Civil War hero for the South. Most Southerners...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    July 2, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Approves Right to Work Constitutional Amendment  House legislators approved a resolution adding Tennessee’s Right to Work law to the state constitution during the final week. The resolution...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 25, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee General Assembly Passes $39.45 Billion Budget This week in Nashville, both the House and Senate approved a $39.45 billion budget that addresses the unexpected revenue shortfalls caused by...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 18, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

FLAG DAY SPEECH Saturday, June 13, we celebrated Flag Day at Walnut Grove Volunteer Fire Hall. Below is the speech that I gave. “Good afternoon! Thank you so much for inviting me to speak to you...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 11, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Tennessee Business Relief Program Members of the Stimulus Accountability Group joined with Gov. Lee at Arnold’s Country Kitchen in Nashville on Tuesday to announce a program designed to support all...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    June 4, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

House Resumes Committee Meetings under Tennessee Pledge Lawmakers were back in Nashville this week to resume their committee meetings and complete calendars for the year with members of the public...

 
 By Rep. David Byrd    News    May 28, 2020

Representative David Byrd: District 71 Capitol Hill Update

Memorial Day Speech – 2020 It is always an honor to stand before my constituents and address them about important matters, but even more an honor on a special day as this. For you see, Memorial Day...

 

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